Rebels Continue Winning Ways On The Road|
Feb. 27, 2018
RIVERSIDE, California (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team improved to 8-1 on the season with its fifth straight victory, a 6-1 triumph over the UC Riverside Highlanders (3-5) at the Riverside Sports Complex Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Rebels draw even with the 1978 and 1985 squads for the second-best start with one loss in program history at 8-1, with 1971's 15-1 mark well ahead in first.
The Scarlet & Gray registered 12 hits off UCR pitching to mark the eighth instance the offense has produced a double-digit output. Four players were responsible for eight of those hits with Bryson Stott, Kyle Isbel, Nick Ames and Max Smith scattering two apiece. Additionally, Smith had three RBI and scored twice, while Ames touched home plate two times, as well. Grant Robbins was responsible for two of the squad's five RBI.
UNLV broke open the scoring in the second when Grant Robbins laced a two-run single to center field to bring home Ames and Smith, who had led of with a single and a double, respectively. Smith factored in the next four Rebel tallies, as he put a ball in play that scored a run off a fifth-inning fielding error and later added RBI off a fielder's choice (seventh inning) and a two-run homer (ninth).
UCR's lone score came in the seventh when Dean Miller, who reached via a two-out single, made his way around the bases off a balk, wild pitch and a single by Connor Cannon.
The Rebels sent seven pitchers to the mound Tuesday and they combined for six strikeouts and limited the Highlanders' offense to one run off of five hits and three walks. Paul Richy (1-0) got the start and went 3.0 innings with three strikeouts against two hits and one walk. Garrett Poole, Evan Fresquez, Donavon McCrystal, Connor Clark, Blaze Bohall and Austin Anderson threw the final 6.0 innings in relief.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Smith went 2-for-5 with a double and a home run, which produced three RBI and a pair of runs.
QUOTABLE: "This was another good and solid, all-around team win," said head coach Stan Stolte. The bullpen followed up a good start by Richy with six shutdown innings. We left some guys on base early, but we had a bunch of good at-bats out of the chute. We're going to be tested this weekend seeing a couple of the better arms on the West Coast and a good Fresno State team. We need to be up to the challenge, and it should be a highly competitive weekend of well-played college baseball.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV used a total of seven pitchers and held UCR to one run off of five hits.
STAT OF THE GAME, PART DEUX: UNLV had four different players record multiple-hit efforts.
- The Rebels have won five straight games, which is the longest streak of that length since the 2014 campaign did so May 15-23 (three wins vs. UNR and one each against Fresno State and San Diego State).
UP NEXT: UNLV returns to Earl E. for a three-game, Mountain West series against Fresno State, which begins Friday at 6:05 pm. UNLV and FS will play twice more, Saturday at 2:05 pm and Sunday at 1:05 pm.
PROMOTIONAL ITEMS OF INTEREST: This weekend's UNLV-Fresno State series has been billed as the "Staff Appreciation Series." UNLV faculty and staff will receive two (2) free tickets to any of this weekend's games when they show their official Rebel Card/UNLV I.D. at the Earl E. Wilson Stadium box office.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 22 home games remaining to be played at Earl E. Wilson Stadium and fans can purchase their 2018 Rebel baseball season tickets online at UNLVTickets.com or by calling 702-739-FANS (3267). Season tickets are $90 for adults (13 and older), while seniors (62-plus), faculty and staff, and alumni are $75.
SINGLE-GAME TICKETS: Fans can purchase single-game tickets online and in-advance for only $5; however, they must be purchased through UNLVTickets.com three hours prior to first pitch. Single-game tickets are priced at $8 for adults, $6 for senior/faculty/staff and $4 for groups of 15 or more. As always, UNLV students (with Rebel Card) and kids 12 and under are always free.